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War Of The Windsors: A Century Of Unconstitutional Monarchy [Paperback]

Stephen Prior , Lynn Picknett , Clive Prince
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23 Oct 2003

The year 2002 marked the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reign of any monarch of the House of Windsor. Yet the future of the monarchy is by no means certain, not simply due to today's more egalitarian era, but also because of fundamental weaknesses with the royal house itself. While many of its failings are well known, hidden from public scrutiny are more disturbing activities for which the royals have never been held to account. Until now. In this controversial new book, bestselling authors Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, Stephen Prior and Robert Brydon reveal the truth behind Britain's modern monarchy.

War of the Windsors exposes Lord Mountbatten's ruthless scheming to make Britain's ruling family the House of Mountbatten: the real untold story of the abdication of Edward VIII; the existence of a shadowy cabal committed to protecting the royal image; and the truth behind notorious spy Anthony Blunt's connections to the Royal Family. Sensationally revealed are the unconstitutional behaviour of the House of Windsor; the cover-up of major financial scandals connected with George VI and other kings; the routine use of euthanasia to dispatch those who inconveniently linger - and new evidence concerning the deaths of Dodi Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (23 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840187662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840187663
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Controversial and shocking" (Daily Mail)

"'Unearths a veritable cemetery of Royal Family skeletons and financial improprieties" (Evening Times)

About the Author

Lynn Picknett is an experienced writer and journalist, and editor of the weekly publication The Royal Family. Clive Prince is a full-time writer, researcher and lecturer specialising in historical mysteries; together they have written Turin Shroud: In Whose Image?, The Templar Revelation and The Stargate Conspiracy. Stephen Prior was a historian who specialised in Intelligence. Robert Brydon is a military historian who has written many film treatments and scripts for historical documentaries. The team first worked together on the bestseller Double Standards, published in 2001

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 12 Jan 2014
Engrossing and difficult to put down. The authors expose what the royals get up to and how the establishment covers it up. No wonder they've exempted themselves from the Freedom of Information Act - they've got a lot to hide. Anybody interested in how this powerful and unaccountable institution operates (and should be all British taxpayers) should read this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Factually inaccurate 3 Feb 2010
By A. Lee
This book was really disappointing. Some of it - the tax information, for example - is fascinating and initially rather appalling, but the huge holes in other parts of the book lead to profound scepticism. It just isn't possible to trust what they say, because even with my limited knowledge I can see massive mistakes, which are then built on to form impossible theses.

Example: it's claimed that the Royal Family were lying when they claimed letters between Queen Victoria and her daughter, the Prussian Empress, were recovered from Friedrichshof castle, the ancestral home of the Hessian royals, after WW2. The writers call it a completely implausible excuse for a secret visit, and state that it only makes sense as a coverup for far more incriminating, treasonable letters being retrieved, because in reality the officially-claimed letters would be held by the Kaiser, or another member of the Prussian royal family, not the Hessian. Problem is, Friedrichshof was built by the Prussian Empress when widowed - it's called after her husband, Friedrich - and as well as being her home it was the place where she collected all her possessions together into a massive private archive, library and museum. Her son, the Kaiser, hated her, and so she left the place to her daughter Margaret... who married into the Hessian royal family. The castle then became the main Hessian royal home. The letters in question would have had a very good chance of being there, in fact better than anywhere else. That is a simple matter of historical record. If you want to disprove an apparently odd statement, you need to investigate it first. It doesn't mean that treasonable letters weren't at issue, but if the logic is: an obvious lie was told, so why did it need to be? it matters.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dross 5 Aug 2013
Perfect for anyone who believes the Da Vinci code is based on fact. For anyone else, tendentious ill researched rubbish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read! 12 Aug 2006
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After reading the Excellent book - Double Standards by the same authors, i was not dissapointed in continuing the read about the Royals and their motives before, during and after World War 2. This book gives more ground to the events in the forementioned book.

The star of this book is undoubtably Mountbatten and his quest to integrate his legacy to the throne. Also Interesting is the Power of the Queen Mother and also Prince Phillips background.

One of the later chapters goes into the Diana Crash, while the authors make it clear that they were not going to get too involved, By keeping brief and to the point of the inconsistancies, they create an interesting chapter, which i believe they could make into a whole book about the subject.

Excellent sources & biblography, - Highly Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 16 Oct 2009
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The Authors reveal or confirm many long held suspicions held by us commoners regarding the Royals,but in the same breath they also demolish long held myths about Edward and Mrs Simpson.The Queen Mother Myth is also squashed with a vengeance.The Vanity,Arrogance and Political meddling of Louis Mountbatten also comes under severe scrutiny,and there is an inference that Mountbatten might have been eliminated by the British security services.The use of Euthinasea by the Royals is also well documented.I really enjoyed this Book as it really does pose some serious questions about the Royals and their very very convoluted Family History.This Book is a very in depth and a very heavy read,but stay with it and you will find it well worth your time.Anything in my opinion that questions History is worth it.
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